Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- Government Perspectives on Mobility and the Cloud
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Mitigating Insider Threats in Virtual & Cloud Environments
- Modern Mission Critical Series
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Reimagining the Next Generation of Government
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Unions urge Congress to reject pension contribution hike
Wednesday - 7/6/2011, 1:03pm EDT
Federal News Radio
A coalition of unions and federal employee groups are urging lawmakers to reject cost-cutting proposals that harm federal pay and benefits, particularly one proposal to increase feds' retirement contributions.
"Federal workers are already making sacrifices with the two-year pay freeze, and taking steps to reverse our government's spending should not be unduly shouldered by our nation's workers," according to the July 1 letter from the Federal-Postal Coalition to President Obama and leaders in Congress.
The pension change proposal would increase federal employees' retirement contributions from 0.8 percent to about 6 percent as part of a deficit reduction compromise. Some federal benefits experts have said the change amounts to about a 5 percent pay cut.
The proposal is included in the 2012 budget plan by House Republicans and was recommended in the President's bipartisan deficit commission report.
The contribution increase would not correspond with any increase in benefits, wrote the Coalition. It would be "a payroll tax increase as surely as any payroll tax increase to Social Security would be," according to the letter.
The Coalition consists of more than two dozen federal unions and organizations representing 4.6 million federal employees and retirees.
See a list of legislative proposals affecting federal employees' pay and benefits.